Public Health

Where & How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In New Orleans?

Mira Research Team09 Feb 2021

Quick Digest: 

  • As of February 5th, Louisiana administered 398,312 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Lousiana is projected to reach herd immunity by July 2021.
  • New Orleans is currently in phase 1b of vaccine distribution, which allows health care workers, people in nursing facilities, and people over 70 to be vaccinated.
  • New Orleans will expand vaccinations to people eligible in phase 1b, tier 2 soon, which will allow essential workers to be vaccinated as well.

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine in New Orleans

The COVID-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech were granted emergency use authorization from the FDA in December 2020. Below we highlight some important information about the COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • Both vaccines were over 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 in large scale clinical trials.
  • Both vaccines were made with mRNA; this type of vaccine CANNOT give you COVID-19 and will not alter your DNA.
  • Both vaccines require two doses to create a robust immune response. The Pfizer doses should be administered about 21 days apart and Moderna doses should be administered 28 days apart.
  • Your second dose should be the same brand as the first dose.
  • Vaccines become fully effective about 10 days after the second dose; however, it is still highly important to continue social distancing and mask-wearing even after being vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in New Orleans for all who qualify in Phase 1a and Phase 1b Tier 1

New Orleans is currently allowing people in phase 1a and 1b tier 1 to get vaccinated. The following people are currently eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in New Orleans:

  • Residents ages 70 and older
  • Hospital personnel
  • Those living or working in nursing homes
  • Providers and staff at outpatient clinics, urgent care facilities, and dialysis centers
  • Behavioral health or home care providers
  • Dental providers and staff members
  • Students, faculty, and staff of allied health schools

It is estimated that phase 1b tier 2 will begin sometime in early 2021. Once phase 1b begins, the following groups will be eligible for vaccination. The full list can be found here.

  • K-12 school and daycare providers
  • Postal, public transportation, and grocery store personnel
  • Food processing and agriculture workers
  • Essential government personnel and military
  • Corrections officers and homeless shelter staff

How you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in New Orleans 

Below is a list of facilities that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine in New Orleans. 

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Make sure to bring proof of your eligibility to your vaccine appointment. You can make an appointment at any of the locations by calling or visiting the websites. This list was on January 25th, 2021: 

Website for all Walgreens locations: www.walgreens.com/covid19vac

  • Walgreens #11414
    3216 Gentilly Boulevard
  • Walgreens #15199
    5518 Magazine Street
  • Walgreens #2640
    3227 Magazine Street
  • Walgreens #5040
    1801 St. Charles Avenue
  • Walgreens Pharmacy #05551
    619 Decatur Street
  • Walgreens Pharmacy #17089
    760 Harrison Avenue
  • Walgreens Pharmacy #3558
    6201 Elysian Fields Avenue

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost in New Orleans? 

The U.S. government bought several hundred million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that nobody will have to pay for the cost of a vaccine that was purchased by the government. 

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However, it is possible to be charged for the administration of the vaccine if being vaccinated at a private doctor’s office or pharmacy. 

We estimate that if your vaccine location charges an administrative fee, it can cost between $16 and $29 per dose if you do not have insurance. 

After the pandemic is over and the government no longer purchases vaccines, people may have to pay between $25 and $58 for a COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Sources: 

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/

https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/vaccine/#1a